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Profiles

  • Capt. Lawrence Everett Dickson, Jr. (1920 - 1944)
    Army Air Forces Capt. Lawrence E. Dickson, a World War II Tuskegee Airman who went missing in action over Italy in 1944, has been found, the Pentagon agency charged with recovering and identifying th...
  • 2Lt. Rhohelia J Webb (1922 - 2009)
    As a member of the U.S. military, Rhohelia “Bob” Webb was never allowed to eat or spend time in the officer’s club — even though he was a pilot and second lieutenant.
  • Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr., (1912 - 2002)
    . Benjamin Oliver Davis Jr. (December 18, 1912 – July 4, 2002) was an American United States Air Force general and commander of the World War II Tuskegee Airmen. He was the first African-American g...
  • William Lovern Booker (1923 - 2013)
    One of the first black military aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen, William L. Booker, has died at the age of 90. Booker's family says he died Nov. 30 at a Kirkland, Wash., nursing home after a ...
  • Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James (1920 - 1978)
    Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. (1920-1978) learned to fly at Tuskegee Institute and trained other pilots during World War II as one of the Tuskegee Airmen. He is one of the most notable of the Airmen for...

Before the Tuskegee Airmen, no African American had ever been a United States military pilot. The Jim Crow laws, a series of racist laws that enforced the “separate but equal” treatment of African Americans, were used as justification for blocking previous attempts by African American soldiers to become pilots.

During WWII, the Tuskegee Airmen were credited with destroying 261 enemy planes, doing damage to 148 other opposing aircraft, flying 15,553 combat sorties and 1,578 missions in the theatres of North Africa and Italy. Sixty-six of the airmen were killed in combat and another 32 were shot down and became prisoners of war. In escorting over 200 bombing missions, the Airmen never lost an American bomber to an enemy fighter. So feared by the German pilots were the Airmen, that they were referred to as the “Schwartze Vogelmenschen” (Black Birdmen)

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I got to meet two Tuskegee Airmen who were on a trip to Israel with my group in 2002. One was named John I believe and the other called himself "Smitty". I wish I could recall their full names.

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~ Jamey


A list of those who served:

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Photo from the Tuskegee University, AL